John Ryan is hoping Paul Carberry will be free to take the mount on Foildubh in the Lexus Chase at Leopardstown on 28 December.
The County Tipperary owner/trainer is keen on a crack at the prestigious Grade One feature for his nine-year-old - but is adamant he will not run if Carberry is unavailable.
Carberry steered Foildubh to victory from Willie Mullins' highly rated French import Rubi Ball over hurdles at Thurles last month, only to fall in the Hilly Way Chase at Cork on Sunday.
"Foildubh is perfect, he is 100%. He is in great form, and he will probably run in the Lexus if Paul Carberry is available," said Ryan.
"If his isn't available we will look at something else for him."